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Escaping Saṃsāra - Yoga and Meditation Podcast about practices that liberate us. Interviews with spiritual teachers from the yoga world and beyond. We are a group of friends dedicated to exploring the deep teachings of yoga and other spiritual traditions to see what unites them in their search forRead more

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Shaila Catherine on Jhanas and Awakening

Nov 19 • 01:27:58

Shaila Catherine is the founder of Insight Meditation South Bay, a meditation group in Silicon Valley, and also Bodhi Courses, an online Buddhist classroom. She has been practicing meditation since 1980, with more than nine years of accumulated silent retreat experience. She has taught since 1996 in the USA, and internationally. Shaila studied with several Asian masters in...

Buddhist Women Miniseries Ep.1 with Willa Tania

Oct 15 • 01:13:29

What is going on in the mind of advanced meditators? How does someone who spent years as a nun see the world? Let's listen in...

Buddhism, especially the Therevadha tradition which we cover a lot on this podcast, has always had female practitioners and leaders but they have historically been sidelined.

So in this new series, we talk to female practitioners about their paths...

#41 Gregor Maehle - Let's Talk Details. In-depth Q&A Session.

Oct 8 • 01:22:25

Lovers of technical yoga talk rejoice! In this extraordinarily geeky interview Gregor sheds light on nuances of pranayama and meditation practices described in great detail in his books. We also talk about his most recent book about the Map of Transformative States and get a glimpse into the upcoming work with a fascinating discussion on mudras. This is a great interview f...

#40 Michael Sugich - Glimpses Into the Sufi World

Sep 17 • 01:36:49

Glimpses Into the Sufi World. While most hippies in the 60' went to India to find spiritually Michael Sugich went to Saudi Arabia in search of a Sufi guru and spent his life in a lesser known area of the Arab world living the spirituality of Islam. New episode is out now! Link in the bio.

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- First spiritual experiences and escape from show business
- Remembrance of ...

#39 - Ashtanga Yoga and Fatherhood with Mark Robberds, Prem Carlisi and Scott Johnson

Aug 20 • 01:23:42

There’s been a lot said and written about the changes female yogis go through when they become mothers. Now, for the first time, we discuss Ashtanga Yoga and fatherhood. Our guests, Mark Robberds, Prem Carlisi, and Scott Johnson have about 80 years of practice and teaching experience between them, close to 100 if you include me. ...

#38 Yoga Anatomy Q&A with Stu Girling

Jul 29 • 01:10:44

Stu Girling is a yoga teacher, anatomy expert and author. He runs Love Yoga Anatomy online and on Youtube, and is the author of Illustrated Yoga Anatomy book. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions about yoga, ashtanga, avoiding injury and maintaining healthy bodies. 

We asked questions such as:...

#37 - Ben Goresky - Addiction, Masculinity and Relationship Yoga

Jul 6 • 01:18:11

Ben Goresky is a counsellor, coach and explorer of consciousness. He is involved in addiction recovery and working with men as part of the Samurai Brotherhood, a community I am also involved in. He hosts the Evolving Man podcast. 

As both recovered addicts we talk deeply about abuse, drug addiction and recovery. Then we delve into spiritual practices that have helped Ben on...

#36 Ash Hope - All Things Ashtanga

Jun 26 • 01:16:54

Ash Hope is a Brisbane-based Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher and a student of Nancy Gilgoff. Her fascination about the body’s self-healing abilities led her to study CranioSacral therapy with the Upledger Institute in Singapore. Ash explores the practice of meditation in the Zen tradition and teaches traditional Mysore style classes in her  shala in Fortitude Valley in Brisb...

#35 Michael Taft - Deconstructing Yourself

Jun 3 • 01:40:15

Michael W. Taft is a meditation teacher, bestselling author, and the host of Deconstructing Yourself podcast. From Zen temples in Japan to yogi caves in India, Michael has been meditating for over thirty five years and has extensive experience in both Buddhist Vipassana and Hindu Tantric practice. Michael authored several books, including “The Mindful Geek, Nondualism: A B...

#34 Phil Mistlberger - On Osho, Dark Night of the Soul and “Reality Tunnels”

Apr 29 • 01:35:58

Phil Mistlberger is an explorer of world's philosophic and esoteric traditions, transpersonal therapist, international seminar and workshop facilitator, and author with over thirty years of experience. Phil has written 7 books looking from different angles on wide variety of teachings and teachers. He has co-founded and founded schools and communities of inner work like Sa...

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